Thousand Oaks

Teen Girl and Mother Attacked by Five Family Dogs in Thousand Oaks

A witness heard screams coming from the Thousand Oaks home an encountered a frightening scene.

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A 16-year-old girl and her mother were injured after they were attacked by five family dogs at their home in Thousand Oaks Sunday evening, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said. 

Authorities responded to the call of a dog bite at a home on the 100 block Manzanita Lane at around 3:30 p.m. The family is said to own five large cane Corso dogs. 

Both the teenage girl and her mother were attacked after the mother tried to intervene.

A witness said the dogs appeared to be on top of the mother and daughter.

"I went out there three times trying to divert the dogs away," the witness said. "They chased me. I got back in the gate, and they went right back onto them and they just continued."

Ventura County firefighters used sirens and an air horn in an effort to scare off the dog when they arrived, according to the sheriff's department. A deputy also used pepper spray during the rescue.

It was not immediately clear what led to the attack and how long it lasted. A neighbor called911.


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The teenager suffered cuts and dog bite wounds to her head, upper body and arms, authorities said. The teen's injuries are not considered life threatening.

Both the mother and daughter were transported to Los Robles hospital, with the mother suffering minor injuries.

The Los Angeles County Animal Services responded to the scene and impounded the dogs.
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